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Britain’s Prince George gets to pilot a jet — almost

Prince George fulfilled the dreams of many young boys Friday when he sat in the cockpit of a jet plane.

world Updated: Jul 09, 2016 17:33 IST
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Being a British royal certainly has its benefits.

Prince George fulfilled the dreams of many young boys Friday when he sat in the cockpit of a jet plane.

Prince William helped his son, who turns three later this month, into the Hawk aircraft used by the Red Arrows display team, as it was parked on the tarmac at the International Air Tattoo.

Prince George wears ear defenders against the roar of aircraft during a visit to the Royal international air tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. (Reuters)

The little boy, who was wearing blue ear defenders, also sat inside a Squirrel helicopter with his mother Kate, with William sitting in the instructor’s seat.

Prince George sits in the cockpit of a red arrows plane while wearing ear defenders against the roar of aircraft during a visit to the Royal international air tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. (Reuters)

It was the same helicopter in which the second-in-line to the throne, known formally as the Duke of Cambridge, had trained as a pilot seven years ago.

Prince George sits in the back seat of a "Squirrel" helicopter similar to the one that his father Prince william trained on as he visits the Royal international air tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. (Reuters)

“As I suspected, Prince George was a bit overawed with the noise and being inside the helicopter,” said Flight Lieutenant Jim Hobkirk, who escorted the royals.

Prince George looks up at the tail rotor of a "Squirrel" helicopter similar to the one that his father Prince william trained on as he visits the Royal international air tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. (Reuters)

The little prince “was very interested in the tail rotor. I imagine the duke has told him about helicopters because he knew what it was. He kept saying ‘tail rotor’,” he said.

Prince George wears ear defenders against the roar of aircraft during a visit to the Royal international air tattoo at RAF Fairford, Britain. (Reuters)

It was the first time George, the eldest of William and Kate’s two children, had accompanied them on an official royal engagement in Britain.

Prince George is lifted out of the cockpit of a red arrows plane by his father Prince William. (Reuters)

The tattoo is the world’s largest military air show, held at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base at Fairford, southwest England.